We just moved into a new house and it has Jamo speakers in the ceilings. It has 5.0 in the living room and stereo speakers in 6 other rooms. All the wiring comes into a media closet under the stairs. HDMI (I think via ethernet but not sure) goes from the media closet to the TV on the other side of the living room.
Sources are DirecTV Genie, current gen AppleTV and a Samsung BR player all using HDMI
I would like a 2 zone setup with the 6 stereo pairs in one zone and the 5.0 on the other. I would like to be able to use both zones together, so the surround and stereo speakers can play AppleTV output or Genie output in sync with no delay. If possible, it would also be great if the two zones could play from separate sources, but this is less important than them playing in sync, with no delay.
When we moved in, I tried to rig up a bunch of old single-zone equipment from my old living room and studio (I'm a TV editor), but I cannot get the two zones in sync, and the result is a crazy reverb throughout the house. It works great if I'm only using the surround or only the stereo speakers, but together it's a mess.
Anyway, I guess a 2-zone receiver is the answer to my problems. Any suggestions? I'm partial to Yamaha on the price/sound intersection, but their recent offerings are poorly reviewed.